Smokin' on the patio...maybe?
Due to the new state wide smoking ban, bar, restaurant and bowling alley owners are trying to figure out what to do with those pesky smokers; who ironically are their...ummm...customers!
Different places in different cities have different ideas. In Lakeville, there is a proposed "patio ordinance" that would require City Council approval before allowing the sale or consumption of food or alcohol on patios. They also have to now take into consideration neighboring homes if they happen to be in a radius of 150, due to the possiblity of noise problems and possibly smoking problems if the surrounding residents have a problem with it.
Tom Tamaro has a bowling alley in downtown Lakeville that his family has owned for 20 years and as we are all well aware, where there are pins falling there are cigs burning. However now that this new ban has affected his clientel, he now has to consider the possiblity in investing in a 20-foot by 20-foot, $15,000 smoking patio to accomodate his alienated and persecuted customers.
In St. Paul if you want to build a patio, you have to get 90 percent of people living with in 300 feet of you establishment to sign a petition allowing you to construct a patio.
As a smoker I am obviously biased in contempt for this smoking ban and the poor businesses who have to suffer for it. But all I'm asking is, how long have we known that smoking has been dangerous to our health, yet now, all the suddent we decide to pull the plug on allowing smokers to be free??
For now I guess me and my fellow second-hand murderers will be put in humiliating pens like the lepors we are.